Finnair Traffic Performance in July 2022

posted on 5th August 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Finnair Traffic Performance in July 2022

In July, Finnair carried 999,600 passengers, which was 367.4% more than in July 2021.

The number of passengers in July 2022 was 10.2% more than in June 2022 (month-on-month figures are not fully comparable as there was one day less in June).

The COVID-19 impact, including the strict travel restrictions imposed by many countries, still affected passenger traffic figures, and it was particularly visible in the Asian figures.

The Russian airspace closed at the end of February due to the counter sanctions related to the war in Ukraine, which resulted in route and frequency cancellations in Asian traffic.

Thanks to robust demand for cargo, Finnair, however, continued operating to most of its Asian destinations despite the longer routings.

Thus, the negative impact of the airspace closure on Asian passenger traffic figures, which were already affected by the pandemic, remained moderate in July.

The distance-based reported traffic figures do not take into account longer routings caused by the airspace closure as they are based on Great-Circle distance.

The overall capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), increased in July by 204.4% year-on-year and by 6.7% month-on-month.

Finnair operated, on average, 257 daily flights (cargo-only included), which was 142.5% more than in July 2021 and 0.8% more than in June 2022.

The differences between capacity figures compared to July 2021 are explained by the longer average stage length of flights operated and by the larger gauge of aircraft operated.

Finnair’s traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs), increased by 520.8% year-on-year and by 15.8% month-on-month.

The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) increased by 44.1% points year-on-year and by 6.8% points month-on-month to 86.6%.

The ASK increase in Asian traffic was 100.5% year-on-year. The North Atlantic capacity increased by 256.5%. In European traffic, the ASKs were up by 285.7%. The ASKs in domestic traffic increased by 69.0%.

RPKs increased in Asian traffic by 634.1%, in North Atlantic traffic by 1,000.9%, in European traffic by 424.8% and in domestic traffic by 81.2% year-on-year.

The PLF improved particularly in Asian traffic (79.2%) and North Atlantic traffic (90.4%) in July. The PLF was 88.7% in European traffic and 77.3% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers increased in Asian traffic by 650.6% year-on-year.

In North Atlantic traffic, the number of passengers increased by 975.4% to 81,700, which is a new record.

In European traffic, passenger numbers increased by 390.2% and in domestic traffic by 109.2%.

Finnair Traffic Performance July 2022
Month % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000 999.6 367.4 4,874.2 537.4
Available seat kilometres mill 2,871.0 204.4 17,627.4 394.8
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 2,485.6 520.8 11,029.2 866.5
Passenger load factor % 86.6 44.1p 62.6 30.5p
Cargo tonnes total 9,246.8 33.8 73,592.3 55.8
Available tonne kilometres mill 393.8 121.3 2,660.6 157.0
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 279.3 220.0 1,470.8 226.4
Asia
Passengers 1,000 Asia 72.6 650.6 331.0 986.8
Available seat kilometres mill Asia 684.0 100.5 4,734.1 178.2
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia 541.7 634.1 2,496.5 988.3
Passenger load factor % Asia 79.2 57.6p 52.7 39.3p
Europe
Passengers 1,000 Europe 757.1 390.2 3,439.7 648.7
Available seat kilometres mill Europe 1,447.9 285.7 7,873.4 540.4
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe 1,283.8 424.8 5,736.2 786.9
Passenger load factor % Europe 88.7 23.5p 72.9 20.3p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic 81.7 975.4 306.0 2,392.4
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic 677.4 256.5 4,301.2 1,129.1
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic 612.3 1,000.9 2,295.8 2,474.2
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic 90.4 61.1p 53.4 27.9p
Domestic
Passengers 1,000 Domestic 88.2 109.2 797.5 203.8
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic 61.8 69.0 718.7 155.4
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic 47.7 81.2 500.7 184.7
Passenger load factor % Domestic 77.3 5.2p 69.7 7.2p